A MUM found her schoolboy son screaming and tearing at his hair after he was dropped off so far from home that he couldn't find his way back.
Lyndsay Terry, 31, dashed out to find Bradley, who has autism, after he failed to return home from class.
She was left devastated after spotting Bradley "biting himself" in the middle of the road. He'd been in a cab arranged by Suffolk County Council as part of a transport scheme.
Mum-of-four Lyndsay, of Somersham, said her son was near his house, but "far enough away that he couldn’t find his way home".
“I ran out the door and found Bradley well down the road," she told the East Anglian Daily Times.
"I found him in the middle of the road sat down ripping his hair out and biting himself to the point that he was bleeding.
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"He was screaming, 'They left me'."
After the shocking incident, Lyndsay was allowed to pick a trusted driver and taxi firm to ferry her son to school.
But she says she fears that will soon change as the council's transport contract is put up for tender.
“For the past year it’s been amazing," she said.
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"Bradley’s gone to school every day, he’s loved it, his behaviour has excelled and it’s because he has that amazing start in the morning."
Although the firm Bradley currently uses will be bidding on the contract, there are no guarantees they'll win. The bidding is blind until the tender is closed.
“He’s not going to cope if they change it, it’s going to be a barrier to his learning," Lyndsay said.
"He’s not going to want to go to school again.
“If he was put with a stranger who doesn't know him and his traits and how to keep him happy, it could end in a disaster."
A spokesperson for Suffolk County Council said: “We understand how daunting this is for the family and we do all we can to maintain consistency for the young people who use these services.
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"Unfortunately however, despite our best efforts we are constricted by law and sometimes we must offer that contract out to tender if there is a significant change.
"This may mean the provider will change, or the existing provider could win the contract.”
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